Sri Lanka, with its rich cultural and natural heritage, boasts several UNESCO World Heritage Sites that offer a glimpse into the country’s history and beauty. A UNESCO World Heritage Sites tour in Sri Lanka can be a fascinating journey. Here are some of the prominent sites you might consider visiting:

  1. Sacred City of Anuradhapura:

    • Anuradhapura was the first ancient capital of Sri Lanka and is home to a vast number of well-preserved ruins of ancient structures, including stupas, monasteries, and palaces.
  2. Ancient City of Polonnaruwa:

    • Polonnaruwa served as the second capital of Sri Lanka after the destruction of Anuradhapura. The site contains ruins of ancient palaces, statues, and impressive Buddhist monuments.
  3. Golden Temple of Dambulla:

    • The Dambulla Cave Temple, also known as the Golden Temple, is a complex of cave temples adorned with ancient murals and over 150 Buddha statues. The site provides breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside.
  4. Old Town of Galle and its Fortifications:

    • Galle, a well-preserved colonial-era town, is known for its Dutch fortifications, cobblestone streets, and historic buildings. The fort area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  5. Sacred City of Kandy:

    • Kandy is home to the Temple of the Tooth Relic, which houses a sacred tooth relic of the Buddha. The city has a rich cultural heritage and is surrounded by lush landscapes.
  6. Sinharaja Forest Reserve:

    • This tropical rainforest is a biodiversity hotspot and is home to a variety of endemic flora and fauna. It’s an excellent destination for nature lovers and those interested in ecotourism.
  7. Central Highlands of Sri Lanka:

    • This site includes the Peak Wilderness Protected Area, Horton Plains National Park, and the Knuckles Conservation Forest. The region is known for its diverse ecosystems, including cloud forests and grasslands.
  8. Sigiriya Rock Fortress:

    • Often referred to as the “Eighth Wonder of the World,” Sigiriya is an ancient rock fortress with impressive frescoes and a summit that offers panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.

When planning your UNESCO World Heritage Sites tour in Sri Lanka, consider the historical and geographical significance of each site. It’s advisable to hire a local guide to enhance your understanding of the cultural and historical aspects of these locations. Additionally, be mindful of the local regulations and respectful of the cultural heritage during your visit.


BIA to Negombo

  • Airport Pickup & Transfer to Negombo
  • Overnight stay in Negombo

Negombo to Anuradhapura

  • Transfer to Anuradhapura
  • Explore Anuradhapura Ancient City by Bicycles
  • Overnight stay in Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura to Polonnaruwa to Dambulla

  • Transfer to Polonnaruwa
  • Explore Polonnaruwa Ancient City by Bicycles
  • Heading towards Dambulla
  • Evening explore Dambulla Caves Temple
  • Overnight stay in Dambulla

Dambulla to Kandy

  • Morning Explore Sigiriya Lions Rock Fortress
  • Transfer to Kandy
  • Explore the Sacred City of Kandy including the Temple of the Tooth Relic
  • Overnight stay in Kandy


  • Explore the Knuckles Mountain Range
  • Overnight stay in Kandy

Kandy to Nuwara Eliya

  • Transfer to Nuwaraeliya
  • En-route sightseeing of Ramboda Water Falls
  • Visit Pedro Tea Factory and Enjoy the Tea Plucking Experience
  • Overnight stay in Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya

  • Morning visit Horton Plains and World’s End (A hiking tour around 9.5km)
  • Rest of the Day Relaxing
  • Overnight stay in Nuwara Eliya

Nuwaraeliya to Ella to Udawalawa

  • Optional – The Most Scenic Train Journey from Nanu Oya to Ella
  • Transfer to Udawalawa
  • En-route sightseeing of Ravana Water Falls
  • Overnight stay in Udawalawa

Udawalawa to Sinharaja

  • Morning Jeep Safari in Udawalawa National Park
  • Transfer towards Sinharaja
  • Overnight stay in Sinharaja


  • Explore Sinharaja Rain Forest with Naturalist
  • Overnight stay in Sinharaja

Sinharaja to Galle

  • Transfer to Galle
  • Explore Galle Dutch Fort & Old Town
  • Overnight stay in Galle


  • Leisure Day
  • Overnight stay in Galle


  • Leisure Day
  • Overnight stay in Galle

Galle to BIA

  • Airport Transfer
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